Brokers Profit From You Even If They Don’t Charge for Trading

Bloomberg (10/10/2019)
  • Major online stock brokerages including ETrade, TD Ameritrade and Charles Schwab recently cut trading commissions to $0.
  • However, they will continue to make billions loaning out idle funds in clients’ brokerage accounts.
  • Schwab and TD Ameritrade generated $10.1 billion and $5.4 billion in revenue from loaning out clients’ idle funds last year.
  • Another growing source of revenue for online brokers is “payment for order flow,” or sending their clients’ buy/sell orders to computerized trading firms that monetize bid-ask (buy/sell) price differential spreads.